30 November 2012
The Value of Liberal Arts Education
The great physicist Albert Einstein once said, “The value of education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.” Einstein further conveys that liberal studying helps develop critical thinking and analytical skills with a touch of creativity. Liberal arts education helps set a common base for worldly knowledge; it strengthens awareness of the natural world. Rather than just knowing facts from the textbook, liberal arts education helps apply that to everyday life. Coming to a university or college that is liberal arts makes people wonder why they have to take certain classes unrelated to their major or field of study. Perhaps a person is striving to become a doctor and is majoring in biology and also working on their Pre-Med courses. Instead of just taking biology and related courses, a liberal arts education requires taking History, English, Art, and other courses along with that. But why? None of these courses are necessary in becoming a doctor, so why need them. True, these courses may not be mandatory when it comes to getting one’s doctorate degree, but besides one’s professional life, they have their personal life as well. Take into account why History is important in a person’s life; no matter what profession a person is trying to get into, they are a citizen of the United States or of some country, and considering politics, it is important to make decisions to support either their future or their children’s future. In addition, our world is full of cultural diversity; so many people of different races are gathered in this one country of ours. Due to these people, so many changes have been occurring; the country is becoming more globally interactive and certain enterprises are outsourcing to different countries. For this, one must be able to mix in with the different cultures, know...